‘We have work to do’: Why several Cleveland Browns players protested during anthem

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Source:   —  August 22, 2017, at 4:01 AM

A few teammates even joined in. After opting out of his contract in March, Kaepernick remains unsigned.

‘We have work to do’: Why several Cleveland Browns players protested during anthem

Former 49ers quarterback was the first NFL player to silently protest the national anthem, first sitting then later opting to kneel as “The Star-Spangled Banner” was played before games. A few teammates even joined in.

After opting out of his contract in March, Kaepernick remains unsigned.

This preseason, other players have taken their own stand against social injustice by refusing to stand for the anthem. Raiders running back , Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman and Philadelphia Eagles safety have all demonstrated before games.

However, the largest grouping of players to protest anthem did so Monday.

At least twelve Cleveland Browns players circled up to pray and protest before a residence preseason game against the NY Giants. The grouping included two white players.

“I wanted to get the opportunity with my teammates during the anthem to pray for our country,” tight finish Seth DeValve told The Associated Press. “And also to draw attention to the fact that we've work to do. And that’s why I did what I did.”

DeValve and punter Britton Colquitt joined several of their black teammates in the circle.

Several fans and critics took to Twitter to discuss the Browns’ actions.

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